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“And In One Holy Local Church”: The Ghettoization of Protestantism (3)

Part 2 of the article. The Nature and Structure of the New Testament Church By now, we have shown the nakedness of a number of mythologies so dear to modern churchmen. Mandatory “local church membership” and the related to it “vows” and “covenants” are a novelty, it came from the cults and from political pressure […]

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Modern Presbyterianism and the Destruction of the Principle of Plurality of Elders

It wasn’t until very recently that some Presbyterians in the US started re-discovering their rich history of involvement in the formation and the founding of America, as we know her today—or as is the common perception of what she was supposed to be, originally. That rich history of Presbyterian initiative, involvement, and leadership in the […]

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The True Origin of Foreign Missions

(This article was originally published in Faith for All Life, a publication of Chalcedon Foundation. The featured map is from Western Conservatory, where you can buy an interactive map of the spread of the Gospel in history.)     How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims […]

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Christianity and Government: Jesus is King

Christians tend to be very opinionated about the laws their government creates (as we should be). Modern Christians have placed themselves into the unfortunate position of not being subject to God, and this has created a problem for them. While there are many laws that they can point to and say, “that’s a bad law, […]

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Putting the Claim that “Theonomy Is Like Shariah” to Presuppositional Rest (2)

(Continues from here.) From the Nature of Revelation to the Nature of Law This so far was a long introduction to the issue of comparing the two legal systems, but it is unavoidable if our analysis is to be a thorough presuppositional analysis. Unless we know the nature of the god of the system, and […]

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Putting the Claim that “Theonomy Is Like Shariah” to Presuppositional Rest (1)

Theological opposition to Theonomy keeps evolving. Those of us who have been in the debate for the last two decades, can clearly see it. Those older than us, the veterans, who have been in it for over four decades, see it even more clearly. First, it was the dispensationalist argument that we are in the […]

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Hoffmeier’s Abuse of the Bible in the Immigration Debate

“You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel” (Matt. 23:24). The common saying, “Best is the enemy of better,” has its inverted version in the mission field, known by heart by all who have ever attempted to do the work of a missionary: “Better is the enemy of best.” Translated in […]

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The Truly Covenantal and Reformed View of Prophecy (and of the Other Gifts) III

(Continues from here.) 4. Pronouncing Judgment “I have appointed you a prophet to the nations,” God told Jeremiah (Jer. 1:5), and then continued explaining to him what exactly the task of a prophet to the nations is: See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms, To pluck up and […]

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The Truly Covenantal and Reformed View of Prophecy (and of the Other Gifts) II

(Continues from here.) 2. Authority and Legitimacy of Authority In order to understand this function of the gifts, let’s take an imaginary example: An ordinary member of an officially cessationist Presbyterian church stands up during church service and prophesies to the church. The content of his prophecy doesn’t matter for the moment; whether it is […]

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The Truly Covenantal and Reformed View of Prophecy (and of the Other Gifts) I

I have been asked many times to write this thesis, and I have always replied that it is very difficult for me to do it. Not because my position is not supported by the Bible; to the contrary, the Bible is full with support of what is called by some “continuationism,” that is, the view […]

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